Author Archives: Rev. Gretchen Haley

About Rev. Gretchen Haley

Gretchen Haley serves as the Senior Minister of the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, CO. She's relentlessly curious about most things, especially the big stuff of theology, the beauty of creation and poetry, the magic of collaboration, and the great joy and often-great-depth of popular (and less popular) television and music. She and her partner of 17 years, Carri, have 2 children, Gracie (10) and Josef (8).

Queering Gender

I was only seven, and already I got that it made no sense. I was only seven, and already I got that it made no sense. More than anything that year, I wanted to carry the cross up the center aisle, … Continue reading

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Re-Creation and Reconciliation – Easter Sermon 2017

Reading – from Louise Erdrich’s The Painted Desert   Sermon – Re-Creation and Reconciliation – Easter Sunday 2017 Perhaps it is predictable that my favorite part of the Jesus story is the moment that many orthodox preachers would call his … Continue reading

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True Things – Sermon March 12 2017

Reading, from Adrienne Rich’s “Lies, Secrets, and Silence”  Sermon, “True Things” – part 1 of 3 part series “Real Life”  Today’s my mom’s birthday, and so I’m going to start by sharing a classic my-mom story. She’d just come back … Continue reading

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Charge to the Minister – for the ordination of Sean Neil-Barron April 2, 2017

First, Thank you. It is my joy and privilege to charge you in your new ministry – I think doing the charge is like every older sister’s dream.  But – really, it is my honor, so, thank you. To begin, … Continue reading

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Invisible Partners

We had been hiking straight up hill for nearly two hours.  Unlike the day before, it was sunny, not raining – but the remnants of the rain were everywhere – mud, and deep crevices along the trail, trees fallen along … Continue reading

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The Courage of Faith, and Doubt

Reading – from “Faith and Doubt” in Paul Tillich’s Dynamics of Faith An act of faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by and turned to the infinite. It is a finite act with all the … Continue reading

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Courageous Love

In my life, the earliest example I remember of what I would call courageous love was from Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. Archbishop Hunthausen was the Archbishop of Seattle from when I was born until I was 15. Since I grew up, … Continue reading

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